Stockton Graham & Co. Roastmaster and Director of Coffee Brandon Riggs is preparing to leave for a week-long trip to Guatemala to visit coffee farms we buy from currently and to check out some other farms that we might consider sourcing from in the future. He will be gone Feb. 15th – 19th.
Currently, harvesting of the high-grown Arabica coffee is in full swing. Brandon will visit, amongst other places, the La Casacada Estate in Alta Verapaz, one of our current sourcing farms. This is a region in Guatemala that is famed for its tropical rainforest, storied indigenous past and wonderfully complex coffee offerings. The coffee farm is called Flor del Rosario, and is owned by German Horst Spitze who settled in Guatemala in 1961. This is a relatively “new” coffee farm, as the fist planting was started in 1988, but it has quickly become on of Guatemala’s finest. In 2002, this farm finished 6th in the Guatemala Coffee Auction, and was the only coffee from this region to qualify. Throughout the coffee farm, which consists of 550 hectares, there is an abundance of natural flora and fauna. Many orchids, cardamoms, and Guatemala’s national flower, the Monja Blanca, can be found. Deep inside the farm you can find a beautiful 100 meter natural spring waterfall that honors the name of the farm, which mean, “The Waterfall” in Spanish.
Brandon will also visit Huehuetenango and stay at the La Victoria Champilia Finca, amongst other places. Additionally, the itinerary calls for a stop at our producer’s dry mill in Antigua, where Brandon will be cupping new, boutique coffees from the area.
He will be taking lots of pictures and, hopefully, getting some good video, too. Keep your eyes peeled to the blog.